On September 2nd, President Taft had a plot of land dedicated to his name at the exposition. There, using the same spade he had used years before to break the exposition ground, he dug a whole and planted a California Redwood Tree. Taft addressed an audience later that day. Growing concerns over the war in Europe produced more frequent acknowledgements in the speeches at the Expo. In his, Taft spoke of the need to raise more money and allocate it properly to ensure that America not be caught flat-footed if and when the need to go to war arose.
The former President’s duties were not over at the Exposition. The end of August marked a great achievement for the Exposition as it was officially out of debt with its payment on September 1st. A grand display was made to signify the day. A stage was erected near the Tower of Jewels, on which a small play was conducted culminating with the lighting of a large fire in the center. President Taft stepped up holding a long toasting fork with the deed attached to the end. Proudly, he set the paper alight and showed the crowd the flickering flames before it was consumed and gone. Fireworks finished the action. For the next three months, the Expo was free to turn a profit. It was in just time, too, as the third largest turn out at the Exposition thus far occurred on September 6th-Labor Day.